Friday, November 8, 2013

Stipple - Create and Search for Interactive Images

Stipple is a new service that allows you to create interactive images. The service launched in closed beta during the summer. Since the summer Stipple has left beta and has added a free iPhone app for creating interactive images on the go. Using Stipple you can upload an image and tag it with pinmarks. Within each pinmark you can include videos, links, text, audio files, and more images. Stipple also gives you the option to track where your images are viewed and shared by others. The video below provides an overview of Stipple's features.


Meet Stipple from stipple on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Stipple is similar to the popular ThingLink service. Both services can be used by students to enhance images with videos and links that they find on the web. One possible use could be to have students upload images of the solar system (or parts of the solar system) then add pinmarks with videos and links about the solar system. During a field trip you could also have students take pictures of famous landmarks and add pinmarks with information about what makes those landmarks significant.

EWC Presenter - Create Animated Infographics

EWC Presenter is a new tool from Easy Web Content (a website creation and hosting service). EWC Presenter makes it easy to create slideshows, banner graphics, and interactive infographics. The slideshow creator and banner graphic creator don't stand-out from other tools like them. The EWC Presenter's infographic animation option is worth noting.

EWC Presenter's infographic tool allows you to animate elements within your infographic. The video below demonstrates how that is done.


How to easily create animations online - HTML5 and mobile friendly from Easy WebContent on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
EWC Presenter could be an excellent tool for your students to use to create infographics based upon data that they research or gather on their own. Some student infographic projects that I've seen include comparing development data and community demographic data.

eQuizShow Makes It Easy to Create Jeopardy-style Games

Last winter I reviewed eQuizShow, a service built by a high school student in New York. This week I revisited the site and found that it has been redesigned yet still offers an easy way for teachers to create Jeopardy-style review games. Unlike similar tools you do not have to download or upload any PowerPoint files to use eQuizShow. On eQuizShow you can build and display your quiz completely online. To build your quiz just enter a title, an administrative password, and your question categories. eQuizShow will then generate a grid on which you can enter questions and answers.

If you don't have time to build a quiz or you just need some inspiration, browse the eQuizShow gallery. When you play the games you have the option to assign points to up to six teams playing the game. You can also play without awarding points.

Applications for Education
eQuizShow works well on interactive whiteboards. If you have an interactive whiteboard, using eQuizShow could be a good way to display questions and answers to students during a review session.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to Quickly Create PDFs in Google Drive

From time to time I find that I need to create a PDF to use as a flyer or to send information that can't easily be edited. Most of the time I create my PDFs in Google Drive. It's a simple process and the directions for doing it are provided in the screenshots below.

I'll be covering a lot of these kind of topics and more in my December PracticalEdTech.com course, How To Use Google Drive In School.

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A Virtual Tour of the Globe Theater

Back in May I shared five good resources for teaching and learning about Shakespeare. Last night through Open Culture I learned of another resource to add to that list. Shakespeare's Globe offers a four part virtual tour of the Globe Theater. The tour is built on the work of graphic designers who built a model of the original theater. You can find the tour here. You will need to install the Quicktime browser plug-in in order to experience the tour.